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To make a new breed of travel guide, we deployed locals. They looked under the surface, on the margin, on the BRINK of their own cities. They are entrenched in the culture of their city and can share the secret gems in their own backyards.

Magnolia Bakery

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1783.9 KM AWAY
401 Bleecker Street
New York, NY
Ah, the little cupcake joint from 'Sex and the City.' The bakery that folks argue ignited the recent fervor for sugary bread and frosting. People that don't even like sweets are persuaded by these little treasures. Forget about the waist-line for just a few moments and stop in to indulge in just one. Or two.

Salon Amici

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1783.9 KM AWAY
255 East 50th Street
New York, NY
Tiny salon in Turtle Bay area where walk-ins are welcome for both men and women. First-time clients receive a 20% discount. Services include blow-outs, coloring, highlights, Brazilian straightening and relaxing, and more.

What should I wear?

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1783.9 KM AWAY
civic center
San Francisco, CA
San Francisco is notorious for its deceptively sunny days and warm looking weather. Don't be fooled. The truth is San Francisco is just a few degrees from being the frozen tundra, even in the warmest parts of the year. You can go the polar bear route and pack a trunk load of shorts, t-shirts and flip flops, but don't make the mistake of forgetting a sweater. Come nightfall, you'll be ready to slice open your ton-ton and climb inside.

Bix

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1783.9 KM AWAY
56 Gold Street
San Francisco, CA
Bix is a stylish two-storey bar reminiscent of the 1930’s and 40’s. It's located in a Jackson Square alley near the Transamerica Building. At the long mahogany bar, classic and creative cocktails are served by excellent bartenders. Bix offers modern American food such as Kobe beef, Maine lobster, and black truffle cheeseburgers. Enjoy an intimate dining experience while listening to live jazz nightly. The service here is impeccable.

Theatre Too Cafe

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1783.9 KM AWAY
539 Sutter St.
San Francisco, CA
Theatre Too is a genius little middle eastern deli. The owners make your food and they're always a severe delight. A giant wrap or sandwich for only $6, half for $4. You can customize the hell out of everything and you won't walk away disappointed.

Memphis Minnie's BBQ

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1783.9 KM AWAY
576 Haight St.
San Francisco, CA
Vegetarians be warned, there's some pretty tasty pork flesh in here. This BBQ joint is popular, and for good reason - any cut of meat is dry-roasted and you can choose your own dippin' or smotherin' sauces. The burgers and fries are the most legit within a few blocks' radius, and the sides are all mouth-watering comfort food perfection. The serving and seating is off, considering how pricey things are. Your best bet is to head over with friends that have similar tastes.

Texas Rotisserie & Grill

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1783.9 KM AWAY
94 Fulton Street
New York, NY
Barbecue food and fixins is what's on the menu at this chain restaurant. If you're looking for a fast barbecue fix, stop in or opt for their delivery or takeout service. The mac-n-cheese side is deliciously unhealthy. Still, there are better options for barbecue in the city if you're looking for quality and quantity for the price.

Bus Stop Pizza

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1783.9 KM AWAY
256 Divisadero St.
San Francisco, CA
It's pretty damn hard to ruin a slice of pizza, so extra caution should be taken here. The name isn't so clever, either. In fact, do yourself a favor and visit your local bus station; witness the wretched humanity of it all, these walking stomachs milling about like haggard ghosts. Gaze at the detritus, the filth and agony. Then you might have an idea of how god-awful this pizza is. If you don't believe me, head on over, where ruining pizza is the name of the game.

Sophies Crepes

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1783.9 KM AWAY
1581 Webster St # 275
San Francisco, CA
I don't even want to tell you how delicious this place is. Until you've had your crepe in a cone, smothered with ice cream, Nutella, and fresh fruit, you haven't begun to live. Located in Japantown, Sophie's Crepes give you something succulent to feast on while you peruse the oddities of this interesting cultural playground. Savory or sweet, your crepe from Sophie's will make you seriously reconsider those high-end snob shops so common in the city.

Le Pain Quotidien

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1783.9 KM AWAY
50 W 72nd Street
New York, NY
Le Pain Quotidien has the air of Upper West Side aristocracy, but don't let yourself be fooled; it's a nice little spot. Great open-faced sandwiches and some organic coffee brews can be had without too much damage to your money clip. And if you can't brave the throngs of children at this location, you can always grab a latte to go.

Orson Restaurant Bar + Lounge

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1783.9 KM AWAY
508 4th St.
San Francisco, CA
Orson is a pretty classy restaurant and bar with an interesting and beautiful interior. The food is great, and you'll definitely want to eat here, but the real magic's at the bar - the bartenders have a million things they'd love to serve you, and they take pride in their drink offerings. There's a HUGE whiskey and scotch selection and, while distinctly pricey, everything about your experience here will somehow make it ok.

Detective Store International

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1783.9 KM AWAY
173 Christopher Street
New York , NY
This is an interesting little den of spyware - they'll be equally pleased to show you all the latest James Bond type gadgets or give you pointers on the install of a home security system. Don't go on weekends, unless your curious to join hoards of West Village yuppies looking for ways to spy on their nannies.

Three Lives & Co.

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1783.9 KM AWAY
154 West 10th Street
New York, NY
Three Lives is an old school indie bookshop right across the street from Magnolia Bakery. If you're an experienced wanderer, used to traveling alone, then you already know what to do. For the rest of you, here's the recipe: pick up a novel, grab a cupcake or a cup of coffee, and take it easy for a spell. Better yet, you can enjoy your snack in the neighboring park!

Gurgaon Central Mall

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1783.9 KM AWAY
Gurgaon Mehrauli Road, Next to IFFCO crossing
Gurgaon,
This mall is special because the stories are all kinda intermingled with each other. You can find top brands here, but they are all without doors or windows, an open space where you can easily browse and buy as you go. The only thing missing here is a movie theater, but the decent mall food almost makes up for it.

Winnie's Bar and Restaurant

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1783.9 KM AWAY
104 Bayard Street
New York, NY
A hole-in-the-wall Karaoke bar in Chinatown - ye gods, man. Is it possible that Winnie's Bar is stuck in a pre-1995 era? You bet your sweet ass! You can't really complain because the prices are stuck in the past, too. Besides, you know, deep down in your heart, that you've always wanted to meet bonafide Chinese mafia. Right?

Tantra Arts

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1783.9 KM AWAY
5057, Main Bazar, Paharganj
Delhi, NEW DELHI
This little curio shop is full of small gift-like things to bring back to your family or anyone else you left behind for New Delhi. Nothing says, "Sorry you couldn't come to India" like a souvenir.

Good Earth

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1783.9 KM AWAY
9 ABC, Khan Market
New Delhi,
Good Earth is a luxurious shop where you will find a plethora of home decor for all your domestic needs. They have everything from furniture for your living room to kitchen supplies as well as fancy bed linens, upholstery, cushion covers, sheets and even spa products. Their designs are super rad but not for the shallow pocketed.

Rare Device

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1783.9 KM AWAY
1845 Market St.
San Francisco, CA
Rare Device is the perfect gift place. It's got indie designers, clothiers, jewelry makers and literature geared towards local artists and local production houses & workshops. There are some really great finds in here, nothing for the spartan of course. The art you'll find in the rear gallery rounds this cute little space out.

KIOSK

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1783.9 KM AWAY
95 Spring Street
New York, NY
Unlike the typical islands of sun glasses, make-up, and other useless trinkets that you find in shopping malls - you know, those sick sad purveyors of needless garbage - KIOSK is a specially-curated store. Presented like a museum, with typed-out descriptions and labels, KIOSK is slightly different than what the name might conjure. With goods from all over the world, it focuses on one country at a time, and just like a museum, the stock rotates in and out.

Vucciria Market

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1783.9 KM AWAY
Via Coltellieri
Palermo, PA
Try your hand at haggling in this open-air market of Palermo! You might not have much luck, but you can embellish the story for your friends back home. It's an experience, at the very least, and you'll likely walk away with some fresh, tasty items. Take a good look - the sight of The Vucciria market inspired Sicilian painter Guttuso to produce one of his most famous paintings (check out the picture).

Duke et Duchess

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1783.9 KM AWAY
528 Hayes St.
San Francisco, CA
It's true: screen print t-shirts are still pretty popular. It doesn't make sense, but we'll roll with it, right? Everything else in this store is horrible and over-priced, but their tees are occasionally pretty keen. It'd be better, of course, if this place were in LA, where this kind of bullshit fashion is tolerated - but hey, there's always an outside chance you'll find something cool.

Metropolis Guest House

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1783.9 KM AWAY
1628-29, Main Bazar, Pahar Ganj
Delhi, NEW DELHI
It is one of the good places for long or short stay, also recommended by Lonely Planet Hotels & Hostels. Pick ups from the Airport and Railway Station are available.